Wembley

A Guide to Living in Wembley

It’s best-known for its sporting and entertainment credentials, thanks to the globally recognised Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena, Wembley. But Wembley actually has plenty more strings to its bow. Thanks to its melting pot of nationalities, it’s something of a window to the world. Restaurants here span spice-scented tandooris and exotic Middle Eastern eateries, and the high streets are packed with Polish delis, Afro-Caribbean hair salons and oriental health stores.

After a lot of redevelopment, it’s emerged into a thriving hotspot with contemporary new-build homes, bucketloads of culture and a surprisingly well-developed foodie scene.

Where is Wembley?

Wembley falls under the borough of Brent – rumoured to be London’s most diverse. Part of North West London, it’s just 10 miles from the centre of the city, and, while incredibly well-connected, it’s also got plenty of places that feel more rural than you’d think. Away from Wembley’s energetic centre, pockets of tranquillity are easy to come upon, courtesy of green spaces such as King Edward VII Park and Fryent Country Park. Brent Reservoir is a peaceful stretch of water edged by woodland and wild flowers, and it’s a site of Special Scientific Interest, so it’s a great place to explore plants and wildlife.

The Wembley Park regeneration

While the Wembley Stadium arch still dominates the skyline here, it’s now got plenty of skyscraper neighbours. Most of these gleaming towers sit within the Wembley Park neighbourhood – previously dubbed Wembley City. This enormous regeneration project is now the epicentre of the entire area. Led by esteemed developer Quintain, the project has birthed hundreds of new apartments, brand-new dining and entertainment venues, a string of artists studios and a brand-new community hub, called The Yellow. There’s also a new theatre in the works – Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is set to open in October 2019, with War Horse as its hotly anticipated inaugural production.

Wembley Park’s properties come with a serving of landscaped grounds, new parkland, squares and even a tree-lined boulevard. Which means it’s got a lovely, neighbourhood feel and is perfect for wandering. It’s estimated that some 20,000 people will call the area home by 2027.

Developments to rent and buy in Wembley

We love the service provided by Tipi. We’ve gotten so used to a concierge service, the free events put on for us and the occasional free tickets that we don’t know how we’ll come when we inevitably leave.” – Sam A, Tipi resident

Property developer Tipi has debuted a trio of sought-after developments in Wembley Park – Montana & Dakota, Alto and Landsby. All are available on a rental-only basis, with a set of Tipi perks including no fees or deposits, Wi-Fi and bills included, plus a round-the-clock support team.

The location of the development is great: close to transport, food and groceries. The apartment being a new build is quite nice. The insulation also seems quite great – we hardly need to turn on the heater. The flat is not too expensive compared to ones closer to Central London, but I’ve heard it’s more expensive than neighbouring non-Tipi flats.” – Tenant V, verified resident at Montana & Dakota

This place is very close to central London and is modern and clean. Supermarkets are close by hence very convenient. The furnishings are very good. There are wooden floors throughout and the kitchen has a lot of cabinets. We would have liked the apartments to be a bigger for the price we are paying but overall would recommend it.” – Tom, verified resident at  Landsby

Tipi has been by far the easiest company to rent from in my experience. From viewing to moving in took just 7 days with zero deposit. It is expensive for the area given its also zone 4, but comparatively in the form of quality, ease and facilities it’s well worth the cost. The free event tickets and breakfasts/dinners on occasion make it worthwhile in a more sociable rental experience.” – Clayton, resident at Alto

Those looking to buy a Wembley property should look at Anthology’s Wembley Parade development on North End Road. This stylish collection of flats is less than a five-minute walk from the nearest station.

If developer Anthology London sought to debut an interesting new addition to the Wembley skyline, then it nailed the brief with Wembley Parade. Made up of five buildings, but dominated by a 12-storey cylinder tower, it’s a striking development, with a beautifully landscaped garden at its base.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Wembley Parade

Pinnacle Tower is another property deserving of a mention. This Hycgan development is made up of a variety of unit layouts, including studios, apartments and luxury penthouses – some of which are duplex. It’s also got a hotel and a string of stores onsite.

Things to do in Wembley

Sporting events and musical concerts are ten-a-penny at Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena. Both have secured their place in history, hosting iconic concerts like Live Aid, and celebrated sports events, including two Olympics competitions and the World Cup Final in 66. Michael Jackson and Madonna are among the music legends to have sold out crowds here. It’s even welcomed the Head of the Catholic Church – Pope John Paul II delivered open-air mass at the stadium back in 1982, to an 80,000-strong crowd.

But put these legendary venues to one side, and there’s some fresh faces that have cropped up in recent years, too. Label lovers flock to the London Designer Outlet, which opened in Wembley Park in 2013. It offers a mix of high street and high-end stores with up to 70% off the usual prices. There’s also a nine-screen Cineworld here, and restaurant chain favourites such as Zizzi, Pizza Express and Wagamama.

Close by, Boxpark Wembley follows hot on the heels of its Shoreditch and Croydon counterparts – a one-stop-shop for street food, music events and comedy nights. For more in the way of street food, head to Market Square on a Wednesday. The stalls are topped with spicy curries, pie ‘n’ mash miniatures and supersize pizza slices. The vendors tend to be local regulars, who know the area like the back of their hand, so don’t be afraid to ask for tips. Not far from here, you’ve got Swedish interiors sensation IKEA.

Transport in Wembley

Wembley Park, Wembley Central and Wembley Stadium are all Zone 4 stations. Wembley Park is on the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines, Wembley Central offers Overground and Bakerloo line services, and Wembley Stadium has National Rail services to Marylebone. Further out, there’s Wembley North and Preston Road, and the area has a reliable and frequent bus timetable for those who prefer to travel this way. In terms of road links, Wembley residents have easy access to the North Circular, the A41 and the M1.

Find out more about living in Wembley by reading reviews from residents – simply click on the Wembley properties below. 

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High Hopes Unfulfilled

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Like: East transport to central London

Dislike: Loud, not a very interesting neighbourhood, feels like a hotel campus, flat so too hot even in cool weather, unusable balcony

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We had high hopes moving to Landsby. Sadly, it’s much like any other rental situation in London, but without the walkable neighbourly feel of other parts of London closer in. It feels like living in a hotel most of the time. There is a massive construction site directly outside the balcony that is very loud all day during the week and on Saturdays. It’s an overall unpeaceful place to live, as it’s loud almost always save for weekday late nights. We were misled at the viewing stage about the construction, which we were told would start sometime next year, but it’s fully underway now, so beware. I realise most people who have a regular office style job won’t be bothered much by it, but if you freelance or work from home, it will be loud, the balcony will be unusable, and your flat will be stuffy.

Delivery folks will struggle to find you for reasons I cannot comprehend. The large balcony, while seemingly nice, is utterly useless since they’re constructed of perforated metal and slats without a roof on the top floor, so it’s just a torrent all over the balcony during any amount of precipitation. The inside of the flat is mostly nice. The bathtubs are weirdly narrow, so it’s hard to relax in the tub. It gets soooo hot in the flat — it’s currently about 16 outside, but it’s constantly 25 or 26 inside, and opening the windows is out of the question due to the extremely loud jackhammering that goes on below all day.

It was nice to not have to pay a huge deposit, although we did still have to pay £1000 since we don’t have UK residency over 3 years. The background check process was ridiculously unprofessionally done, and move in was hectic, with no one able to fully follow through with giving us details without me having to nag and call and email an absurd amount of times in the weeks leading up to the move. No one had our keys at the concierge at move-in either, and it took about 20 minutes for them to help us.

The staff is mostly wonderful at the concierge and the maintenance crew is helpful and honest. We have had 2 leaks from the ceiling so far (2 months in), and they are still not fully fixed (large hole cut in the kitchen ceiling still). Some of the front desk staff can be a little salty, but I get it, and it doesn’t bother me, but it does bother my partner.

If I could, I’d not have moved into Landsby. I hope it improves, but my expectations are very low. The london housing market is just the worst. I guess Tipi is one of the best worst option available. We might look at Greenford Quay in the future.

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We did have to pay a deposit. I wish we’d known the construction was going to start while we live here. I would not have moved into Landsby had I known this. We were misled.

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Convenient

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Like -There are so many facilities available e.g shops like Primark and restaurants like Creams.
Dislike – The shops close very early which is inconvenient.

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Wembley is very safe, I can walk around comfortably. The area is very well connected which means I can get around London easily. My flat is great, the space has been used so well. It came fully furnished and kitchen appliances were provided. Due to the high quality insulation the house does not get very cold in the winter. It’s also a very bright flat. The location of development is the best part. There is a lot of traffic noise but I don’t mind it. The neighbours are greater well.

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I wish I knew about which floor I was living on before.

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The building management are great, the respond quickly and get things done quickly.

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Love it

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The only thing that I dislike is how difficult it is to get an uber or any taxi on an event day, plus how very expensive it is to have a car park slot in the building. Plenty of shopping options in nearby LDO

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Great place to live. Tipi London took care of everything for me when we first moved in. Love that I don’t have to worry about my bills. All is included and not that expensive. The only cost on top is the council tax. Concierge is usually quite quick and helpful.

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I wish I knew how difficult it is to get an uber or how busy it gets when there’s an event at the stadium.

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Beautiful apartment. Great customer service. Up & coming neighbourhood

Me and my partner were really sceptical initially about living in Wembley Park (it’s miles away or even a big dodgy) but it’s only 35mins to Liverpool St and clearly changed massively. There’s a Boxpark, outlet shopping centre, it’s really safe, never saw any trouble. They said there’s a theatre coming too which is cool.

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I’ve lived at Tipi for nearly 2 years now and can honestly say it’s been great. The apartments are very stylish and spacious, you don’t expect to get places that nice when renting, they’ve paid attention to the little things. We had a problem with the blinds once but the resident team sorted it within 24hrs. Never had a landlord sort problem out that quick. Never expected to like the resident social events they do but they’re genuinely awesome – quiz night, supperclubs and they had their Xmas party in Boxpark for us. Definitely recommend Tipi , go and have a look for sure.

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Nothing really, everything was easy. Saw the apartment, loved it and the process was straight forward.

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